Birth of the New Year: More Self Care

birth a new you, minneapolis acupuncture, minneapolis community acupunctureby Carrie Nightshade, L.Ac., MSOM

With More Self Care, You Can Birth a Happier YOU! 

It’s the dark of the morning before my young children awake and start my day of chaos. Today is New Years Eve and as always I wonder why we celebrate the birth of the new year in the deepest cold of winter. Maybe it is because it is the time to turn inward and contemplate. 2015 has been a challenging year for many people. From the drought in California to the Black Lives Matter protest in North Minneapolis I have found it difficult to keep in mind the beauty of humanity.

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Turmeric Golden Milk for Common Colds

Turmeric Golden Milk

Got a Cold?  Try Golden Milk!

Golden milk, or Haldi ka doodh, has been used for centuries in India to help with the common cold.  Often times, children made this delicious milk to drink before bed when they began to feel symptoms coming on.  If you look at the ingredients, you will find that this drink isn’t just for kids, and it is definitely not just to drink during the cold and flu season.  

If you look at this drink through a Chinese medicinal lens, you would find that most of the herbs in this drink strengthen the tummy.  Why would that be important?  Well, the digestion is they key to a healthy immune system and a healthy body.  There is a reason our tummy is in the middle of our body!  Studies say that the health of your gut determines up to 75% of your immunity.  So, it is essential to treat your tummy right!  All of the herbs used in this drink support the digestive process in a soothing, warming way to keep you strong so you can easily defeat any virus that comes your way.  Plus, its just darn good.  Try it, add spices or change amounts.  

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Increase Your Vitamin D in 5 Natural Ways

by:  Joi Thomas, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.

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5 Natural Ways to Get Your Vitamin D

Vitamin D is something that we hear more and more good things about every day. It has been linked to everything from forming strong bones, to maintaining a positive mood to preventing breast cancer. Every day there seems to be another discovery about how vital this nutrient is to a healthy, vibrant life.

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Winter Newsletter 2015: Release Stress

Winter Newsletter, Minneapolis Acupuncture, Minneapolis Healing CenterRelease Your Holiday Stress, Our Winter Newsletter is Here!

Are the holidays a time of year you dread?  Is the frantic pace a challenge for you?  Or maybe you are dealing with a loss, or coping with difficult memories.  For so many of us, this can be a painful time which is made all the more difficult by the feeling that we should be happy, festive and filled with cheer.

Know that we are you to help you during this transition.  If you need a quiet space to get collected…we got it.  If you need relief from pain – be it physical or emotional – we are here for you, and we are ready to help!

 

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Featured in this winter newsletter:

  • Upcoming classes at Red Cricket
  • New yoga instructor and class
  • Meet Rachel Orman, our TuiNa massage expert
  • Tips for better neck health (you mean sitting at a computer all day isn’t healthy?)
  • Warming and healing pumpkin chili recipe

Wellness with Warming Pumpkin Chili

Continuing Wellness Through Seasonal Shifts

Courtesy of WellnessMama

This is a time of the year when our bodies transition out of warm air and cooling foods and we can make changes to our diet for continued wellness.  We can support this seasonal change by not only eating more warming foods but also eating seasonally.  This recipe gives a unique twist on the traditional chili by adding pumpkin.  Pumpkin is full of important vitamins and minerals and according to Chinese medicine, is a warming food that can help protect our bodies as we acclimate to cooler temperatures.  Let us know what you think!  How do you like to aide your body this time of year?

Wellness with Warming Pumpkin Chili

Grieving: Being Present To Love Not Strength

by: Carrie Nightshade, L.Ac., MSOM

grievingLove Not Strength While Grieving 

As fall barrels toward winter and the leaves race past Halloween, death and grieving have been on my mind. I feel like our white US culture is thin on healthy attitudes and healing around death. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer my senior year in high school. Being with my invincible mother as she was rocked by her terror of Death opened my eyes. Now, over twenty years later, my mother has been living with stage 4 cancer that has just come back for the fifth time. And she is no more comfortable with Death even though she has had him as a constant companion for a third of her life.

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Neck Pain: 3 Tips From An Acupuncturist

By:  Lisa Nelson, MA OTR/L, L.Ac., CIMT

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3 Mindful Tips to Ease Neck Pain

Acupuncture gets high marks in relieving neck stiffness and pain!

In addition, doing a self-assessment on how you sit at a computer desk can be a helpful way to see if how your environment and body position may be contributing to your neck pain symptoms. Read more “Neck Pain: 3 Tips From An Acupuncturist”

Fibroids: A Serious Issue for Black Women

by Joi Thomas, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.

fibroidsFibroids Especially Troubling Amongst Black Women

Fibroids are a health issue that is very near and dear to my heart, partially because they are so common, but also because they can be treated so effectively by Chinese medicine.  Do you know what fibroids are?  You should!  They are non cancerous tumors which grow in and attached to the uterus.  Some of the issues that they can cause are heavier, prolonged and crampy periods, discomfort during sex, uncomfortable pressure on the bladder and challenges with fertility.  Due to the heavier bleeding, they can also result in anemia.
 
According to research, fibroids affect 40% of the general population of women and up to 80% of all Black women.  That means 8 out of 10 African American women deal with this issue.  Most of the symptoms of fibroids are more severe and they seem to affect black women when they are younger which can negatively impact their ability to have a baby. 

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Digestive Bitters Can Help Tummy Woes

by: Rachel Orman, CMT, NCBTMB

digestive bittersA Little Digestive Bitters Can Go A Long Way!

That fullness, bloating, and gassiness after eating can be alleviated with digestive  bitters.  Even after not eating.  Maybe you’re just not feeling right? Many things contribute to not digesting one’s food properly, but over and over, I hear this common complaint.
 
Our culture does a great job talking about the physical components of a good diet, plenty of whole grains and fresh veggies with a good bit of protein. But what about the flavors and energetics of food and herbs?  Within chinese medicine and western herbal medicine, five flavors are categorized; salty, sweet, bitter, pungent, and sour. Along with the flavors, the energetics or the movement the flavors elicit in the body, are important. Perhaps another day I can talk about each of the flavors and what they do, but because I want to address bloating and gas in the stomach, I will start with bitter and sweet. 

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This Simple Yoga Pose With Restorative Benefits

Take a load off and restore with this simple yoga pose!

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Legs up the wall variation
simple yoga pose
Legs up the wall modification
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Legs up the wall with bolster

Simple Yoga Pose:  

Legs up the wall

Duration:  

5-20min

Benefits:

  • The Heart
  • The Lymph Systerm
  • Swollen tired legs, Edema, Varicose veins
  • Calming the mind
  • Menopause, Stress, Exhaustion

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